ERIC Number: EJ1053450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Psychometric Evaluation of the Symptoms and Functioning Severity Scale (SFSS) Short Forms with Out-of-Home Care Youth
Gross, Thomas J.; Duppong Hurley, Kristin; Lambert, Matthew C.; Epstein, Michael H.; Stevens, Amy L.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v44 n2 p239-249 Apr 2015
Background: There is a need for brief progress monitoring measures of behavioral and emotional symptoms for youth in out-of-home care. The Symptoms and Functioning Severity Scale (SFSS; Bickman et al. in Manual of the peabody treatment progress battery. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 2010) is one measure that has clinician and youth short forms (SFSS-SFs); however, the psychometric soundness of the SFSS-SFs with youth in out-of-home care has yet to be examined. Objective: The objective was to determine if the psychometric characteristics of the clinician and youth SFSS-SFs are viable for use in out-of-home care programs. Methods: The participants included 143 youth receiving residential treatment and 52 direct care residential staff. The current study assessed internal consistency and alternate forms reliability for SFSS-SFs for youth in a residential care setting. Further, a binary classification test was completed to determine if the SFSS-SFs similarly classified youth as the SFSS full version for low- and elevated-severity. Results: The internal consistency for the clinician and youth SFSS-SFs was adequate (a = 0.75-0.82) as was the parallel forms reliability (r = 0.85-0.97). The sensitivity (0.80-0.95), specificity (0.88-0.97), and overall accuracy (0.89-0.93) for differentiating low and elevated symptom severity was acceptable. Conclusions: The clinician and youth SFSS-SFs have acceptable psychometrics and may be beneficial for progress monitoring; however, more research is needed to assess their sensitivity to change over time in out-of-home programs.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Progress Monitoring, Reliability, Rating Scales, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Psychometrics, Residential Care, Institutionalized Persons, Youth, Measures (Individuals), Health Personnel
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